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The Rev. Florene "Flo" Scott, of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church in Moline.
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The Rev. Florene "Flo" Scott, of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church in Moline.
MOLINE -- Lobbying for Jesus instead of in the Illinois General Assembly fills her time and heart now.

The Rev. Florene "Flo" Scott, 65, is pastor at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., Moline. She was a legislative assistant in the Illinois House and Senate before becoming a minister in 2002.

Legislators she worked with included state Sens. Margaret Smith and Carol Moseley Braun.

Before coming to Bethel Wesley in July, Rev. Scott spent three years at Pawnee United Methodist Church.

"Yes, you could say I'm now lobbying for Jesus," she said.

She remembers one of her congregants saying, "Wow, you just changed from one kind of politics to another."

Each career has its fair share of politics and constituents but in different forms, Rev. Scott said.

"There's a lot of administrative work in either job. I can't say I like one job over the other. Both involve working with people and working for God, however you look at it."

About a year or so ago, she returned to the General Assembly to lead opening prayers and said it was like looking over a different side of the fence in the sense that she was allowed to pray openly for people.

Occasionally in the secular world, she had been asked to do some things "that didn't feel Christian-like," she said.

Something she learned and brought with her to the ministry from her earlier career is the value of networking, Rev. Scott said.

"I have met a lot of other pastors in town of many denominations," she said.

One of her first self-assigned tasks was to learn the names of every church member, numbering at about 100 people, "and I've pretty much done that."

Rev. Scott said most people call her "pastor Flo."

"I love my job because I enjoy people," Rev. Scott said. "I get to meet all kinds of people, all races and genders. I love telling the good news to people. I pray I touch a life and save someone's soul."

In her first five months at Bethel Wesley, Rev. Scott officiated one wedding and a couple of funerals but no baptisms so far.

She's looking forward to them, though.

"When children run up to me, throw their arms around me and say 'Good morning,' it makes me feel so wonderful," Rev. Scott said.

"The church and I are moving along," she said. "God is still on the throne watching over us."

Rev. Scott said she feels more comfortable and confident about her preaching skills. "You have to find your rhythm, and I feel I have."

She said there is "nothing I could think of changing, other than bringing more people to Christ."

She also enjoys living in the Quad-Cities and said she no longer has to turn on her GPS to figure out where she's going.

When deciding to change from the legislature to entering the seminary, she remembers praying to God "to see me through. And He did."

"God had been chasing me for years, and I finally stopped running," she said. "So, here I am, doing what the Bible tells me," instead of what her political bosses told her to do.







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